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Tokio Fever Hits Los Angeles

German emo-core band Tokio Hotel set out to conquer the US and Canada with a sold-out show at Hollywood’s Avalon to celebrate the release of their first English language album Scream. The band exploded onto the European charts in 2005, racking up a slew of awards overseas with German albums Schrei and Zimmer 483. Now they are gearing up to satisfy the demands of their growing English-speaking fan base. The Avalon show, complete with energetic performances of hit singles “Scream” and “Ready, Set, Go” (and screaming teenage girls), proves that they are well on their way to doing just that.


Robyn Goes Electro In Los Angeles

Swedish sensation Robyn got the crowd moving at the very last show of her 2008 US Tour at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. The pop singer-songwriter, once best known for her late nineties dance-pop hits “Show Me Love” and “Do You Know,” recently broke worldwide with an infectious new sound that’s got the undivided attention of bloggers, hipsters, and first-class DJs alike. Look for Robyn to play energetic live versions of fan favorites such as the Knife-inspired electropop ballad “With Every Heartbeat” as well as a few cheeky hip-hop rhymes like “Cobrastyle” and “Konichiwa Bitches.”


One Republic Take On Chi-Town

Pop-rock rising stars One Republic give it all they got at a sold-out gig at Chicago’s House Of Blues. The newcomers, currently on tour to promote their debut record, Dreaming Out Loud, first made headlines when their single “Apologize” broke long-standing records for both digital downloads and radio spins. Look for the boys to play red-hot renditions of their unstoppable chart-toppers – “Apologize,” ” Stop And Stare,” and forthcoming single “Say (All I Need).”

Family Dog


Counter Cultured: Authentic Wears From Family Dog


Get Hip To Hemp With The Quick & The Dead


Bliss Is Not An Illusion

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iBLIP 2.1.1.: Radiohead, International Men of Mystery

By god, they’ve multiplied! From America the beau-ti-ful to jolly old England to Scandinavia, Radiohead are turning up in more places than those damn robots in A.I. But have no fear…we’ll catch you up to speed.


First stop Berlin…where you’ll collect the latest live download of “Knives Out” and you can still pick up a download of “Pyramid Song.” Take a hop, skip, and a jump to the land of Hans Christian Andersen (that’s Copenhagen, people) to grab a live version of “Dollars & Cents.” Then it’s…


Oh, sweet America. Stars, stripes, pork rinds, Wal-mart and MTV. Where would we be without MTV? Or better yet, where would we be without Certainly not backstage at Radiohead’s Red Rocks show, interviewing the boys about sending their songs into outer space or about what they really think of the good ole U.S. of A. or about being “bloody pig-headed.”


We track our heroes down in their hometown of Oxford, where the sky is grayer, the grass is muddier and the band PLAYED CREEP?!?! We are not kidding. See Radiohead go back to basics in an archived XFM webcast of their July 7th homecoming bash. Hurry, you only have the rest of the summer to watch it!

iBLIP 2.1.2: New Tickets On The Block

From the Windy City to the Dirty South, we’ve plucked a few pairs of tickets to the last batch of Radiohead shows. Now all you have to do is free a couple political prisoners…sound tough? The good people of Amnesty International attempt to do it every day. We’ll make it easy – bid high and we’ll reward you with a pair of tickets to see Radiohead rock a city near you. First up on the auction block… Chicago and Atlanta, followed by a bit of Canadian bacon (that would be Toronto and Montreal.)

Plus,’s got the scoop on Thom’s days of “sucking on a lemon,” how the band felt coming out on top in the era of Britney and Bizkit, and guitars – or lack thereof.

And don’t forget to enter to win an exclusive Radiohead prize pack featuring limited- edition copies of Kid A and Amnesiac., Announcing Dave’s Picks, Vol. 7



The Grateful Dead may have wrapped up the final show of the first leg of their 1978 Spring Tour in a town called Normal, but this night was anything but! Yes, on this fine evening, the Rhythm Devils shook the room with an exotic tribal assault. Bob found his groove with the slide guitar, contrasting nicely with Keith’s block chording, Phil’s thundering and swooping bass-lines, Jerry’s articulated leads. Heck, they even dabbled in disco, teasing the audience with an unmistakable riff from “Stayin’ Alive.” What does all this juiced-up, cranked to the max, sonic savagery add up to? Top-level deliveries of fan favorites like “The Music Never Stopped,” “Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain,” and “Ramble On Rose,” a jungle-vibed 14+ minute Rhythm Devils interlude, an over-the-top take on Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” and much, much more.

Limited to 13,000 individually numbered copies, this super-charged 3-CD set featuring the complete show from 4/24/78, ships August 1st, but you can pre-order it now.


Great fog horns! David Lemieux moves his production to the Golden Gate Bridge for this edition of the Seaside Chat. Find out why Dave’s Picks Volume 7: Horton Field House, Illinois State, Normal, IL carries on the spirit of ’77 here.


Tune in to what is widely considered one of the best-ever renditions of “The Music Never Stopped.”

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Yea, we really did just say that. If you’ve got a problem with it, then we can pretty much guarantee you’re going to miss out on all the kick-ass offerings we have from the world’s greatest rock band. (Yep, we said that too.) If you’re smart and know what’s good for you, you’ll pick up the must-have LED ZEPPELIN 4-CD boxed set for just $35.99 (that’s 50% off) now thru 9/30. Head on over to our digital shop where you can upgrade your Led Zeppelin collection with Hi-Def downloads. Maybe even fill in the gaps with Robert Plant solo albums on CD and vinyl or explore Page’s one-time side project The Firm.


And now we will attempt to boldly go where we have never gone before. We’re giving you not one, not two videos, but a whole channel full of Led Zeppelin! No 3-D glasses necessary. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the best of what 70s video technology has to offer with your own two eyes.


You know what’s not funny? The fact that you had to wait 14 years for this damn CD. Well, it is finally here and we can confirm that all 25 tracks of The State’s COMEDY FOR GRACIOUS LIVING will have you doubled over and wondering why the hell it took so long. It ships out mid-September, but you can pre-order it now. And of course, you can only get it at


We’re not big on gambling but we can predict that Tony Joe White’s THAT ON THE ROAD LOOK “LIVE” will be the second coming of swamp rock. This little gem, plucked from obscurity way back in 1971, is packed with 13 womper-stomper ditties including a ten-minute rave-up “Polk Salad Annie” and a classic cover of T. Bone Walker’s “Stormy Monday.” And you don’t have to wait any longer to get it, ’cause it’s now shipping.


OK, holdouts! We know the score. Y’all wanna know what’s inside, right? Check out our super high-tech video that explores the glorious innards of this handsome lil’ road case. Behold the wonders of DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS – ON TOUR WITH ERIC CLAPTON.


Ain’t tellin’ no tall tales friend – Pantera’s landmark album, COWBOYS FROM HELL, is now available for pre-order in 3CD Deluxe and 2CD Expanded editions! Both releases feature the newly re-mastered original album plus unreleased and rare live performances from the “Cowboys From Hell” Tour. Double down for the DELUXE EDITION and you’ll get a full disc of demos including the never-before-released track, “The Will To Survive.”


The only thing better than a five-LP boxed set of the Dead’s best studio recordings on 180-gram vinyl is a box that also includes an exclusive reproduction of a rare Dark Star 7″ AND an exclusive reproduction of a rare 1967 promotional poster AND FREE SHIPPING. Did you see all those “ands”? All those extras are exclusives. And you can have ‘em when you pick up the WARNER BROS STUDIO ALBUMS BOX from


Rhino pays tribute to Grammy®-winning singer Gerald Levert with THE BEST OF GERALD LEVERT, a collection of his greatest work, including the previously unreleased “Can It Stay.” Out now, the 16-song set features the smash hits “Cassanova,” “Baby Hold On To Me,” and “My Body,” and is the first to span Levert’s entire extraordinary career.


Rebirth. Reincarnation. Call it what you will. There’s no denying the influence the iconic art of the ’60s has in the digital age with the launch of our new sister site The movement’s free spirit and artistic experimentation has been preserved in a fine selection of high quality lithographs, authentic fine jersey t-shirts, surrealistic pillows (literal ones!), and more. Go on child, dabble in the Dog.


In case you’ve forgotten, we’re in America. Land of baseball, apple pie, and freedom of expression. And like you, we’ve got opinions. Boy, do we have opinions. Everywhere you turn around here it’s 60s vs. 70s (vs. 80s!), death metal vs. hair metal vs. speed metal, Joy Division vs. New Order. So we thought we’d share with you a few of our staff’s favorite finds which just might inspire you to scream, cheer, or pout about your picks (or ours) on our message boards.

rhinozeptember, About Van Halen

Some might say Van Halen invented the term “rock’n’roll circus.” With 3 revolving singers in the ring and a genius but demanding ringmaster at helm, their music, not to be outdone by their unruly on and off stage antics, made them a household name. Ultimately the juggling act was a success, and Van Halen would become one of most popular American rock & roll bands of the late’70s and early’80s.

Eddie and Alex Van Halen were destined for music. The sons of a Dutch bandleader, the boys took up instruments at a young age, Eddie on drums and Alex on guitar, eventually switching instruments. How fortuitous the switch was, Eddie swiftly mastering the basics, before developing his own unique style and Alex finding a firm foothold behind the kit. They soon formed their first official hard rock band, Mammoth. By 1974, the line-up would be solidified with David Lee Roth providing vocals and Michael Anthony on bass. Soon after they decided to change their name to Van Halen, at Roth’s suggestion, upon discovering another band using the Mammoth name.

It wasn’t long before they were regulars, earning their stripes on the Strip and a reputation for being LOUD, and ultimately attracting the attention of KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons. He would finance a demo featuring the tracks “House Of Pain” and “Running With The Devil.” But it was not until Mo Ostin and Ted Templeman “rediscovered” them at the Starwood in May of 1977 that the band secured their first official record deal.

Signed to Warner Brothers, Van Halen’s self-titled debut was released in 1978. It went on to sell over six million copies, thanks to the classic rock staples “You Really Got Me,” “Jamie’s Cryin’,” and “Runnin’ With the Devil.” They supported the record by heading out on the road with fellow heavy metal group Black Sabbath, Eddie honing what would become his groundbreaking form and Roth unleashing his outrageous alter ego “Diamond Dave.” On stage, Eddie pushed the limits of the electric guitar, popularizing underused techniques like two-handed tapping, hammer-ons and pull-offs. He’d also explore with sound effects, never shying away from advancements in sonic technology. Roth was his equal, not in form but surely in rock’n’roll fantasy, bigger and bolder than life. He played the part of lead singer to “near-performance art standards.”

From then on, success came fast and furious. The sophomore release Van Halen II (1979) scored them their first Top 20 single “Dance The Night Away.” Women and Children First (1980) and its the follow-up Fair Warning (1981) both charted at #6. 1982′s Diver Down escalated them to mainstream status on account of their cover of Roy Orbison’s “(Oh) Pretty Woman.” The single turned out to be a massive hit and the album landed at #3.

1984 would prove to be the magic number and solidify Van Halen as international superstars. Having adopted the signature 80s synthesizer sound, the band’s single “Jump,” crossed-over and became their first #1 single. The album secured a spot at #2, reeling in fans with undeniably catchy anthems like “Panama,” “Hot For Teacher,” and the electronic heavy “I’ll Wait.”

But as with those that came before them, and those that would follow, the age-old problem of band tensions began to arise. Roth would take time off to record a solo EP, Crazy from the Heat, turning up his over-the-top antics on classic covers of “California Girls” and “Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody.” This excursion would delay the recording of 1984′s follow-up. Eddie had had enough. Dave was out.

Enter Sammy Hagar. The one time singer of Montrose had a successful solo career; he’d proven his arena metal worth with songs like “Three-Lock Box” and “I Can’t Drive 55.” Skeptics scoffed at the Hagar take over, but Van Halen forged on, in some ways with more success than ever. “Van Hagar” would quickly become crowned kings of the chart, securing the #1 spot with their next 4 records.

1986′s 5150, scored a trio of hit singles “Why Can’t This Be Love,” “Dreams,” and “Love Walks In.” 1988′s OU812 followed with chart-toppers like the power ballad “When It’s Love” and the country-esque “Finish What Ya Started.” For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, released in 1991, had a runaway hit on MTV with the video for “Right Now.” Their first live record, the double album Van Halen Live: Right Here, Right Now (1993) also went straight to #1.

By the time they released their tenth studio album, Balance, the fourth with Hagar, tensions would creep up again. This time due to arguments over what would be on an impending Greatest Hits, and among other things, due to the fact that Eddie was trying to get sober and Hagar was still a hard-partying machine (he would eventually launch his own brand of tequila). Unbeknownst to Hagar, Van Halen brought Roth back into the studio to record. The public was shocked and so was Hagar but the real foil was Roth who would be let go once again after working on just 2 songs.

Enter former Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone. The sole Cherone effort, Van Halen III, would go down as the lowest-selling album of Van Halen’s career. He was promptly dismissed.

After a lengthy hiatus, Van Halen would put all their issues aside and re-group with Hagar for an American tour in support of a greatest-hits collection, The Best of Both Worlds. The title was a nod to the 2 singers and the album features 16 Roth-era songs 17 Hagar-era songs and a handful of new Hagar tracks.

In 2007, after Van Halen were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, rumors surfaced of Roth reunion tour. Those rumors were confirmed when the group announced their plan to tour not only Roth but with Eddie’s son Wolfgang on bass. The tour went on to become the band’s highest grossing tour ever, bringing in 93 million dollars., About The Smiths

Don’t forget the songs that made you cry and the songs that saved your life…

In 1982, the curious coupling of a rock’n’roll purist and a consummate literate would result in an unmistakable sound that would forever be engrained in the minds of their friends and foes. With synthesizers and mind-numbing excess on rise, The Smiths took the road less traveled, challenging people with outspoken lyrics and taunting guitars. They called upon the wayward, the forlorn, the just plain ordinary, plied them with poetry and politics, controversy and cynicism – and in that, gave every man a voice. These effects would be felt long after their dissolution, spawning musically, a monster called Brit-pop and lyrically, an army of unwavering fans who would gladly die by their side.

After several years playing in unsuccessful bands on the Manchester circuit, a chance meeting through mutual friends proved serendipitous for Steven Patrick Morrissey and Johnny Marr. They quickly found common ground in their love of pop culture and their incessant need make their own mark on it. The pair took to the studio, writing and recording demos with the Fall’s drummer, Simon Wolstencroft. Shortly thereafter they settled on the name The Smiths, chosen because it was commonplace, and recruited Marr’s schoolmate Andy Rourke to play bass and Mike Joyce to play drums.

Their first single, a one-off on Rough Trade entitled “Hand In Glove,” with its loosely veiled references to homosexuality, made waves on the independent charts and in the press. The public’s interest was further fueled by Morrissey’s unusual antics – on stage, a spectacle with his pocketful of gladioli and his hearing aid, off stage a soapbox with his public declarations of celibacy, vegetarianism, disgust for the country, the government, his peers, anything really. In fact, by the time The Smiths released their second single “This Charming Man,” (later issued on their eponymous debut), they had already been in the spotlight over “Reel Around the Fountain,” a song that seemed to some to condone pedophilia. Misinterpretation would become a recurring theme and Morrissey would do little to dispel it.  After all controversy raised interest in the group. “This Charming Man” hit 25 on the chart; its subsequent single “What Difference Does It Make” climbed steadily to #12 and in turn, The Smiths would break at #2 on the album charts.

Empowered by the media attention and overnight popularity, Morrissey and Marr began churning out unforgettable singles. “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now,” released in 1984, would become their highest-charting single at #10. It sparked yet another media storm with its B-side, “Suffer Little Children,” an ode to the victims of the notorious Moors Murders that was first mistaken as glamorizing the murders. Later that year, based on the success of non-LP single “William It Was Really Nothing” and B-side “How Soon Is Now,” The Smiths would release Hatful Of Hollow, a collection of B-sides, BBC sessions and non-LP singles.

Meat Is Murder, the band’s second proper studio album, entered the British charts at number one in February of 1985. Haunting and melancholic at times, rambunctious and angst ridden at others, it failed to produce any hit singles. It did, however, stand out for Marr’s exceedingly experimental guitar work, a dizzying and layered symphony of chords, and for Morrissey’s escalating tirade against the monarchy, Thatcherism and his colleagues.

Their third album, The Queen Is Dead, issued in 1986, once again reached the top of the charts, securing #2 in the U.K. and breaking through the top 100 in U.S. On it, Morrissey articulates more clearly, more cleverly, oscillating between the satiric  (“Bigmouth Strikes Again”) and the heart-wrenching (“There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”), Marr’s guitars follow rapturous and shimmering.

The Smiths seemed to be at the pinnacle of their career with the release of their singles/B-sides compilation The World Won’t Listen (Louder Than Bombs in U.S.). But Morrissey and Marr were beginning to think differently about the future of the band, not to mention that Marr suffered injuries from a near fatal car crash and Rourke was grappling with a heroin addiction. Just weeks before the fall release of Strangeways, Here We Come, Marr would announce his decision to leave the band. The record, while fuller in production, its rounder feel due in part to more input from Rourke and Joyce, captures a feeling of forging ahead while falling apart. It’s apparent the end is near, as evident in the bleak and orchestral, perhaps symbolic, final single “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me.”

Morrissey embarked on a solo career, enlisting Rourke and Joyce to play on many of the albums to follow.  He tours steadily today. Marr went on to perform with a variety of artists, forming Electronic with New Order frontman Bernard Sumner in  1989, and most recently becoming an official member Modest Mouse. Rourke soon vowed to retire from recording and Joyce joined the reunited Buzzcocks in 1991. That same year Joyce and Rourke sued Morrissey and Marr, claiming they received only ten percent of the group’s earnings while the songwriters received the lion’s share. Rourke eventually settled out of court, but Joyce won his case in late 1996.